The Village turned out

United Kingdom, 1959

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A dramatic episode in the story of the British lifeboat service, ending with a thrilling rescue at sea. We witness the naming ceremony of a new lifeboat in the Cornish village of Coverack. Various members of the volunteer crew are seen going about their daily work. Then suddenly, at twilight, the boat is called out and the whole village turns out to watch the launching. After a search, during which night falls, a crashed training aircraft is located and its crew of two are saved.


production company

Shell Film Unit


John Armstrong



Production places
United Kingdom
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Subject categories

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Aircraft accidents

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Rescue work


Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Volunteer workers

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Life-saving

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Rescue work

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Search and rescue operations

Hobbies, Recreation & Sport → Life-saving

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain




Black and White


16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Preservation Print (Section 5)

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